Journal: International Journal of Neuroscience, 118, 277-289.
Title: Prematurity and Potential Predictors.
Authors: Field, T. Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2008).
Conclusions: Several factors contribute to premature birth, and these are examined in this article. Among them are high levels of cortisol, and the study identifies massage therapy as way to reduce cortisol levels in pregnant and thus to reduce the incidence of premature birth.
Journal: Early Human Development, 86, 7-11.
Title: Massage therapy improves neurodevelopmental outcome at two years corrected age for very low birth weight infants.
Authors: Procianoy, R.S., Mendes, E.W. & Silveira, R.C. (2010).
Conclusions: Compared to a control group, premature newborns with very low birth weight who had received massage by their mothers scored a bit higher on Psychomotor Development and Mental Development Indexes.